Viewpoint: Collapse of the organic-farming experiment in Sri Lanka has not shamed activist-philosopher Vandana Shiva and other GMO rejectionists – Genetic Literacy Project

Sri Lanka ran an evil experiment on its citizens last year. Under the sway of nitwit organic-food activists, the government banned imports of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers as part of an effort to transition the country to all-organic agriculture, leaving the vast majority of farmers without access to the vital tools they use to grow the crops their country depends on. Polls taken at the time showed that most growers didn’t know how to farm organically. The result of Sri Lanka’s experiment was predictable and tragic: roughly one-third of the island nation’s agricultural land was left dormant in 2021; farmers lost hundreds of millions of dollars in needed income, and there wasn’t enough food to go around. As I explained last September, the government did what most governments do in times of crisis—it deflected, blaming others for the deprivation its policies caused: The president appointed a former military general to serve as “Commissioner General of Essential Services” and confiscate agricultural commodities from “hoarders.” The government then set price controls for these goods “in order to protect the consumers,” which has a well-documented history of causing and exacerbating shortages. Nice job, commissioner.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/29/viewpoint-collapse-of-the-organic-farming-experiment-gone-awry-in-sri-lanka-has-not-shamed-activist-philosopher-vandana-shiva-and-other-shameless-gmo-rejectionists/

Part II: Web of Disinformers: Carey Gillam, the network of anti-crop biotechnology activists, and the funders behind their campaigns – Genetic Literacy Project

Carey Gillam, once a reporter at Reuters covering food and farming, left her job under a cloud, challenged by her editors and criticized by scientists for aligning herself with biotechnology rejectionists.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/28/part-ii-web-of-disinformers-carey-gillam-and-the-network-of-anti-crop-biotechnology-activists-and-the-funders-behind-their-campaigns/

Viewpoint: Switching to organic foods because it’s healthier, safer and more environmental beneficial? Think again – Genetic Literacy Project

Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be “wholesome and natural,” which often translates to the absence of “synthetic” inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides. For some, the prohibition on “genetically modified” crops (however they might be defined) is another consideration. Sometimes, they assume that in some vague way, organic agricultural practices are better for the planet. In short, on their dinner table they want something like the farm of the idealized “Old McDonald” children’s tune that many of us grew up with. The reality is very different. On June 23rd, the FDA reported a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus due to contaminated organic strawberries that were imported fresh from Baja California, a state in northern Mexico, and imported to the United States under the FreshKampo and HEB brands. As of early July, 18 outbreak-associated cases had been reported from three different states (California, Minnesota and North Dakota), and 13 people were hospitalized as a result. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A which is likely linked to the FreshKampo organic strawberries.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/08/04/viewpoint-switching-to-organic-foods-because-its-healthier-safer-and-more-environmental-beneficial-think-again/

Farmer’s perspective: In defense of judicious use of agricultural pesticides – Genetic Literacy Project

I’m no stranger to the controversy that surrounds pesticide use. However, I’d love a chance to explain the benefits I see and my thoughts on the negative perceptions.
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Part I: Carey Gillam — Reporter turned organic propagandist who twists science in campaign to discredit biotechnology and conventional agriculture – Genetic Literacy Project

With links to the Church of Scientology, anti-vaccine glyphosate litigator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Organic Consumers Association, US Right to Know, and Environmental Working Group, Carey Gillam has led the effort by organic promoters to discredit GMOs, glyphosate, and other agri-technological tools positioned to address climate change. Here’s her story… and why she does it.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/27/part-1-carey-gillam-reporter-turned-organic-propagandist-who-twists-science-in-her-campaign-to-discredit-biotechnology-and-conventional-agriculture/

Viewpoint: Here’s the backstory on Sri Lanka’s organic experiment gone wrong – Genetic Literacy Project

In an attempt to boost soil health and halt the progression of a kidney disease killing local farmers that was linked by some sources to agricultural chemicals, the president of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, imposed a synthetic fertilizer and pesticide ban overnight. 
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/26/viewpoint-whats-the-backstory-on-sri-lankas-organic-experiment-gone-wrong/

In the Battle to Regulate GMOS, Gene Editing and other New Breeding Techniques, Who Has ‘Hazard Blood’ on their Hands? – Genetic Literacy Project

This third segment in the mini-series will look at the networks of highly-motivated campaigners manipulating policy and pushing the hazard-based approach for their own advantage. The series will conclude with six steps that farmers, scientists, innovators and the media can take to push back against the irrationalism that has gripped extremist elements in the environmental movement.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/22/battle-regulate-gmos-gene-editing-new-breeding-techniques-hazard-blood-hands/

Study by International Experts Shows Global Wheat Production Can Be Doubled- Crop Biotech Update (July 13, 2022) | ISAAA.org

Study by International Experts Shows Global Wheat Production Can Be Doubled- Crop Biotech Update (July 13, 2022) | ISAAA.org
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Research Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and Agri- Crop Biotech Update (July 13, 2022) | ISAAA.org

Research Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and Agri- Crop Biotech Update (July 13, 2022) | ISAAA.org
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